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Keri Lambert '13 became the first Jeff to win an outdoor national title since 2007 with a win in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Keri Lambert '13 (Amherst, Mass.) turned in a stadium record time of 10:27.32 in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase to become the first Jeff to claim an individual outdoor track & field national championship since 2007.
Shattering the old Fritz B. Burns record of 10:37.60, Lambert clocked in nine seconds ahead of her closest competitor, with Redlands' Emily Canales '12 (10:36.62) finishing as the national runner-up.
Joining Nicole Campbell '00, Carter Hamill '05 and Shauneen Garrahan '07 as Amherst's only female outdoor track & field student-athletes to win an outdoor crown, Lambert continued the Jeffs' success in the steeplechase, capturing the program's third national title in the event.
Adding to an exceptional showing at this year's outdoor championship, Lambert also garnered All-America honors in the 5000-meter run, placing seventh with a time of 17:15.73. It was an impressive accomplishment for Lambert, who was seeded 15th in the event and had less than four hours to rest in between two races that totaled 8,000 meters.
Wartburg's Alana Enabnit '15 took home top honors in the 5k with a stadium record time of 16:54.04, followed closely by teammate Laura Sigmund '12 (17:01.99) and Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Kelly Haen '12 (17:05.91).
Enjoying a breakout junior season, Lambert finished fifth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships during the fall before helping the Amherst qualify in the DMR at the national indoor meet this past winter. Carrying her momentum into the outdoor spring season, she took home top honors in the steeplechase at the Little III Championships with a then season-best time of 10:33.49.
Continuing to excel at the NEICAAA Championship, she broke the old meet record in the steeplechase, recording the fastest time in Division III (10:19.37) en route to the top seed at this week's national championship. Living up to the billing during Thursday's preliminaries, Lambert easily qualified for this afternoon's final with the best time (10:43.71) in the event's two heats.
Watch Lambert reflect on her national title in a post-race interview.